Unsanitary Pet Treatments Seized In Drug Company Raid

General Therapeutics Corp. makes over-the-counter drugs for human and animals and manufactures dietary supplements.

Last week, the St. Louis company was raided after allegations saying that they were manufacturing unsanitary pet treatments, medicine, and dietary supplements and that they were trying to conceal drug products from the FDA.

Authorities seized more than $300,000 worth of products including Pyran-50, a pet de-wormer; Vitrin, a multivitamin; NC Solution, an antifungal product.

In 1999, General Therapeutics Corp. was warned by the FDA about violations in regards to improper storage of materials, poor sanitation and inadequate cleaning.

The owner of the company said General Therapeutics Corp. stopped making drug products in 2000, but in 2007, FDA inspectors found that the company was continuing to make pharmaceuticals.

“Instead, the firm had constructed several rooms hidden behind a false wall, apparently to conceal drug products from FDA,” court documents said.

The FDA issued a statement recommending that “consumers who have any products manufactured by General Therapeutics, including NC Solution, consult their health care provider about discontinuing use and if they have experienced any adverse events that they suspect are related to the product’s use.”

Source: Business Week

(Thanks Joanne)

10 Responses to “Unsanitary Pet Treatments Seized In Drug Company Raid”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Said they stopped making drugs in 2000, but…

    “Instead, the firm had constructed several rooms hidden behind a false wall, apparently to conceal drug products from FDA,” court documents said.

    Nice. I can imagine what goes on with imported drugs, pharmaceuticals, & vet drugs.

    Have your pets been de-wormed in the last 7 years?

  2. Trudy Jackson says:

    This is really gross. I do wonder about a lot of things?
    Can You all get into the forums, or is it just Me?

  3. Carolyn & Maggie says:

    You know … I home-cook for my dog and of course am concerned about providing a balanced diet. I’d read somewhere (last spring, during the whole pet food disaster) that many pet vitamins and supplements were suspect and to be very careful about choosing pet supplements … I always wondered how you would know one brand was better or more reputable than another. I kind of decided that you wouldn’t. This article just proves the point. Scary stuff.

  4. MaineMom says:

    Arrests? Fines? What action is being taken to put General Theraputics out of business permanently?

  5. Klondike says:

    Wow, hidden chambers and all. It is frightening. There is a voluntary certification system for supplements. I forget the name, but there may be something to it because a couple of the companies that make supplements distributed by holistic vets are in that group. I use products by a couple of the companies, Thorne and Vetr-Science and they seem as good as it gets. I put a post in the forums about the certification under vet meds and supplements, if I remember right. Or it might be under home cooking.

    This case above is really outrageous, though. It is not just China that has problems. We need to keep on top of things in this country.

    (The forums have been down for a few hours.)

  6. Concha Castaneda says:

    Sounds like President Bush is going to give FDA the authority to do mandatory recalls and begin fining folks for violations (NPR news today). Maybe things are lookin up.

  7. Sandi K says:

    OK, my new kitten was recently dewormed by a vet office in Washington before she came to us. She got sick right after and has been having diarrhea ever since. Is there somewhere we can find more out about this? I dont know if its related or not but its enough to scare me.

  8. Sandi K says:

    OK I checked and it appears that a different drug was used so I think its OK, geesh, this is enough to drive people insane.

  9. Don Earl says:

    Hmmm…. So much for blaming everything on China. At least there, heads would roll. Literally.

    Where are the indictments? Where are the FBI agents duck walking the CEO out of the building in handcuffs?

    I guess we’ll just have to settle for a nod and a wink, then we can read about it again 5 years from now.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Our lives are nothing more than expendable and, damn it all, we found that out the hard way.

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